In 1973, a young Jimmy McGill is working (or pretending to work) in his father's store, while secretly reading a Playboy magazine. A customer comes in and asks Jimmy's father for some loose change and medicine, since he's got a sick kid. Jimmy, watching the customer, immediately deduces that the customer is actually a con man looking to steal money from the till. He tries to tell his father, but Charles Sr. refuses to listen to Jimmy. When Charles Sr. goes to the back to get the item the customer is looking for, Jimmy approaches the cash register to handle the man. After receiving his money, the con man tells Jimmy, "There are wolves and sheep in this world, kid. Wolves and sheep. Figure out which one you're gonna be." He then leaves the store. As Charles Sr. returns with parts to help fix the con man's "broken down" car, Jimmy, watching his father follow the customer outside, quietly begins stealing money from the register.
In the present day, Jimmy sits on a bench in the courthouse lobby, doodling out something on a notepad. Moments later, Mike Ehrmantraut shows up.
In the district attorney's office, Mike delivers the amended statement that Hector Salamanca had requested him to make. However, the district attorney questions why Mike is doing so, explaining that only Tuco's prints were on the gun and not Mike's. Jimmy provides a dodgy answer, leading the district attorney to conclude that Mike has been threatened into changing his story. They've been trying to put Tuco in prison for years and the gun makes all the difference. Jimmy promises to make Mike available for the defense should the D.A. charge Tuco. When the D.A. (correctly) assumes that Mike has been payed to amend his previous statement, Jimmy fakes outrage and escorts his client out. As they wait for the elevator, Jimmy assures Mike that he's doing the right thing. To illustrate his point, Jimmy explains that he once watched Tuco break two guys' legs. Offended, Mike tells Jimmy to take the next elevator.
As he returns to his car, Jimmy calls Kim to see if the offer from Schweikart and Cokely has been finalized. Kim says it hasn't, at least not until the interview. But Schweikert is promising to make her partner within two years.
Back at Davis & Main, Jimmy begins dictating a letter of resignation to Omar. Omar is a bit baffled that Jimmy is resigning, given how hard he's worked to get this far, given the perks. Omar points out that Jimmy's that he won't keep the bonus he got in his contract if he resigns within a year of employment. He can however keep the Bonus if he's fired without cause. Jimmy asks Omar to forget about the letter of resignation.
While Jimmy is driving home, he stops at a red light and happens to notice a skydancer in a colorful suit advertising for a business on the roadside. This gives Jimmy an idea.
First, Jimmy replaces his conservative legal wear with several suits of ugly, garish colors. He shows up the next day dressed in his new wear, introducing himself to everyone he can. He brings in a loud, bulky blender to the break room and proceeds to spray the entire room with ingredients while attempting to make a smoothie. He advises the custodian (from Michigan) on cleaning techniques in a Mexican accent, much to the man's annoyance. He fails to flush the toilets on a constant basis, and details a list of conservation concerns when Clifford relays a group complaint.
When Jimmy brings in a pair of bagpipes for "blowing off steam," Clifford summons him to his office. He announces to Jimmy that he has won and that he is fired. Clifford admits he knew what Jimmy was up to all along, and while he could fight him on the bonus situation, he will not as it's not worth his time. He begs Jimmy to tell him why he has been doing this as Davis and Main gave him everything he asked for, including his desk. Jimmy admits that he tried to fit in, but just couldn't, as he felt like a "square peg." When asked why he took the job then, Jimmy apologizes, and offers to write Clifford a check for the desk. Clifford says to take the desk and go. On his way out, Jimmy delivers a final parting shot: he grabs Erin's juice can from her hand and throws it in a non-recycling trash basket.
In her office, Kim Wexler writes an email to Howard Hamlin. Jimmy visits her, unbeknownst to Howard, and asks to talk in the conference room. He offers to make Kim her partner under the name "Wexler-McGill" where she can be her own boss. Kim, however, worries about the big all-or-nothing gamble at stake, but Jimmy reassures her that the odds are in her favor because she is an amazing lawyer and that she deserves more than just a lateral move which Schweikart and Howard represent. Annoyed at the one-sided conversation, Kim asks Jimmy about his position with Davis & Main and learns that he quit. Jimmy says that he did not fit at the firm, contrary to how he feels about working with Kim who is concerned whether he will play it straight or be colorful as her partner. Jimmy knows the answer she is hoping to hear, but after looking at Marco's ring, he admits he must be himself due to the negative consequences he and others faced when he tried to imitate their ways. Kim is still perplexed as to why Jimmy needs her, but he corrects her by saying that he wants her. She states that he already has her, just not as a law partner.
Stacey Ehrmantraut gives Mike a tour of a house she wants to buy. She reports that crime rates are low and the schools are good, but she is hesitant because it's a lot of money. Mike insists that money will not be an issue. He states that it's hers if she wants it. Stacey tells the realtor that the house is perfect and agrees to meet her at the office in an hour to get the pre-approval in order. Relieved that she now has a new home, Stacey thanks Mike for everything.
At the nail salon, Omar helps Jimmy bring in the cocobolo desk from Jimmy's old office at Davis & Main. Appreciative of his help, Jimmy tries to pay him and even offers to buy him a drink, but Omar declines as he has a long drive back home to his kids. Before leaving, he asks Jimmy what he is going to do now. "Onward and upward" is his response. Back in the office, Jimmy puts his supplies on the desk and looks at the landline phone. Aware that he can resume his practice as "James M. McGill, Esq.", he creates a colorful voice mail greeting, speaking in the fancy receptionist tone he used with his old clients. However, he stops himself, probably reflecting on Kim's concern for what kind of lawyer he will be. He starts over, this time addressing his practice as "the law offices of Jimmy McGill" in his regular voice.
Mike drives back to the ice cream shop where he negotiated a $50,000 deal with Hector (Bali Ha'i) and parks behind a barbed wire fence to spy on Hector and his henchmen.
Act IVKim interviews for the position at Schweikart & Cokely. After what appeared to be a lengthy conversation about her law experience, Rich Schweikart wants to change the subject and get to know the real Kim Wexler. She proceeds to talk about growing up in a small town near the Kansas-Nebraska border where she was supposedly destined either to marry a guy who ran the local gas station or become a cashier at the Hinky Dinky supermarket. However, she wanted "something more" which led her to pursue law at UNM. After the interview, Rich tells Kim that she should expect to hear from them by tomorrow. Both excited and nervous about the offer, Kim accidentally calls him "Howard" when shaking his hand good-bye. He humorously consoles her by saying that he is happy to be confused with Howard who is a good-looking man. Later, while smoking a cigarette in the parking lot, Kim looks at Jimmy's custom-made Wexler-McGill business card and has an idea after she rips the card in half, separating the W and M in the logo.
Eager to tell Jimmy her idea, Kim drives to the nail salon and is surprised when the owner tells her that Jimmy is in a meeting. Shortly after, he walks out with the two university film students who helped him make his commercial, and it seems like they are planning to make another. Back in his office, Jimmy wants to celebrate Kim's successful interview by ordering out from Whataburger, but he is stunned to learn that she didn't take the job. She admits he was right about becoming her own boss. Jimmy agrees and says that she is too good for Schweikart & Cokely, prompting Kim to share her lingering idea. She puts the torn card on his desk, suggesting that they can share an office space as solo practitioners. She ensures him that he will be free to do things his way while she does the same with her own practice. Speechless, Jimmy admits he doesn't know what to say to which Kim enthusiastically replies, "Say yes."
- This episode marks the earliest chronological appearance of Stephanie Doswell, who first appeared in Breaking Bad.
- Aaron Templeton as Valet
- "Sweet City Woman" by Stampeders
- "Dancing In the Moonlight" by King Harvest
- "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey
- "Noches Tristes" by Oscar Castanedos
- "Amore Piu Bello" by Stephane Huguenin, Yves Sanna & Christian Padovan
- Jimmy: "Backwards only, solo backward-o, yeah? Because, uh, you've got suction that way, leverage. It's physics, el physico! Oh, Don Clifford wants his floors clean - limpio, limpar. Uh. ¿Comprende? "
- Jack: "Dude, I'm from Michigan. "
- Jimmy: "So you don't understand a word I've been saying. "
- —One of the misdeeds of Jimmy to succeed in being fired.
- Cliff Main: "Excuse me, can I have everyone's attention please? Everyone can hear me? Good. Frankly, this is not a conversation I ever thought I would have in my professional career. But it's been brought to my attention that we have an ongoing situation in the washroom. Someone is not flushing. Once is an accident, maybe even twice. Three times, nah, it's a pattern. Now I'm not here to shame anyone, nor do I even wanna know who did it, but..."
- Jimmy: "Uh, Cliff, it was me."
- Cliff Main: "Jimmy, I just said I didn't want to know!"
- Jimmy: "Hey, we need the water. I read somewhere the Santa Fe Watershed is down two full inches this year. Every time you flush a toilet, you waste a gallon of water. A gallon! What could be greener than this?"
- Cliff Main: "They're low-flow toilets, Jimmy! From now on, flush!"
- —Another of the misdeeds of Jimmy to succeed in being fired.
- Jimmy: "Hey, Cliff, for what it's worth, I think you're a good guy. "
- Clifford: "For what it's worth, I think you're an asshole."
- —Jimmy and Clifford Main after Jimmy has been fired